Part of SAM Saturday Matinee
Haydn: The Creation (with video installation, except Sunday) (c. 105 minutes) Program Notes
About This Performance
With texts drawn from the Bible and John Milton’s poetry, Haydn’s timeless masterpiece is a monumental yet delightful vision of God creating the world, bursting with imagination, wit and beauty. Leading Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo collaborates in this joyous production.
After being set free from his duties in the court of Esterházy, Haydn traveled and became more famous internationally. During his visits to London, he heard oratorios by Handel performed by large forces, which inspired him to write an equally substantial work. The result was The Creation, for which Haydn used a German translation of an English libretto first offered to Handel. In 1800, his masterpiece was published in both English and German, and is still performed in both languages. This weekend’s concerts will be sung in English.
The first of three main sections celebrates the creation of primal light, the Earth, the heavenly bodies, bodies of water, weather, and plant life. The second part deals with sea creatures, birds, animals, and finally, man. The final section depicts Adam and Eve’s first happy hours in the Garden of Eden.
Please note: The Sunday performance will not feature visual elements.
Programs, artists, dates, prices and availability subject to change.
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Also Coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Salonen & Sibelius: Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
Bartók Cycle with Dudamel & Yuja Wang:
Piano Concerto No. 1: Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 2:00pm